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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,961Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 457

$885K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 457

1,275 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in North Carolina
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

1% of this provider’s 1,275 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 1,275 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,285 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in North Carolina
FUROSEMIDE 955 731 1 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 751 520 2 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 738 550 3 1
CLOPIDOGREL 723 534 4 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 710 551 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 640 519 6 7
CRESTOR 532 438 7 14
PLAVIX 497 370 8 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 462 372 9 16
LISINOPRIL 444 344 10 3
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 441 342 11 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 400 344 12 8
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 396 287 13 50
CARVEDILOL 365 224 14 2
SPIRONOLACTONE 345 224 15 19
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 326 244 16 79
ATENOLOL 308 248 17 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 304 224 18 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 288 220 19 4
AMIODARONE HCL 278 214 20 24
SOTALOL 254 235 21 27
TORSEMIDE 243 165 22 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 240 188 23 11
PROPAFENONE HCL 238 236 24 43
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 212 88 S3 25 45
GABAPENTIN 192 125 26 60
KLOR-CON M20 189 135 27 35
RANITIDINE HCL 183 119 28 80
OMEPRAZOLE 178 104 29 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 177 151 30 65
ZETIA 175 120 31 31
LABETALOL HCL 156 145 32 91
METFORMIN HCL 143 69 33 42
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 102 34 39
MIDODRINE HCL 122 93 35 119
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 122 114 35 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 75 37 40
PRADAXA 108 96 38 26
TRAMADOL HCL 104 68 39 69
XARELTO 101 93 40 68
CITALOPRAM HBR 97 90 41 82
CILOSTAZOL 96 73 42 62
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 96 78 42 33
VYTORIN 89 78 44 83
FENOFIBRATE 87 59 45 56
BUMETANIDE 86 48 46 67
PACERONE 84 82 47 104
NIASPAN 84 69 47 37
KLOR-CON 10 83 61 49 72
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 83 54 49 34
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 79 48 51 70
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 79 55 51 63
COLCRYS 73 64 53 108
DIOVAN 73 60 53 30
DIGOXIN 72 66 55 15
CEFUROXIME 71 39 56 122
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 44 57 18
RANEXA 64 34 58 38
NITROSTAT 63 42 59 21
TRICOR 61 44 60 99
ALLOPURINOL 61 32 60 52
LOVASTATIN 59 36 62 64
MELOXICAM 59 28 62 89
DIOVAN HCT 58 32 64 61
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 33 65 51
NEXIUM 55 24 66 55
JANTOVEN 54 49 67 139
MECLIZINE HCL 53 40 68 130
SPIRIVA 52 33 69 112
BENAZEPRIL HCL 51 47 70 54
LOVAZA 50 33 71 66
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on July 7, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.